ANDY WARHOL | Gianni Versace

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ANDY WARHOL
Gianni Versace
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
40 by 40 in. 101.6 by 101.6 cm.
Executed in 1980.

This work is stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol and numbered PO 50.858 on the reverse.

Price Available Upon Request

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CATALOGUE NOTE
“Andy Warhol and fashion were made for each other. Celebrity, shopping, money, novelty, surfaces, colour, black and white, mass production, inauthenticity, youth, nightclubs, boredom, movies, Eurotrash, dropouts, pop, the future: all the things he celebrated and satirised and fetishised and derided are the same things fashion obsesses over, fantasises about, rips off. He didn’t so much predict the future as create it. Warhol was fashion, but Warhol was bigger and better than fashion: in his surface was his depth.” - Alex Blimes in: “ 'Hip, rebellious, even a bit sinister': how Andy Warhol made pop art fashion”, The Guardian, 2 March 2020, online

Since childhood, Andy Warhol always had a fascination with celebrity and kept a collection of autographs. Upon his move to New York in 1949, the art editor of Glamour fashion magazine, Tina Fredericks, purchased one of his drawings which led to the commission of a series of shoe illustrations. Shortly afterward, Warhol’s talents were in high demand and featured in magazines such as Vogue, The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Through his ties with the fashion industry, Warhol was in close contact with New York’s rich and famous. His celerity portraits took off in 1962 when Warhol commemorated the death of Marilyn Monroe by creating a series of portraits of her likeness. Many critics have observed how Warhol’s artistic process mirrors the nature of celebrity itself, where icons become commodities to be bought and sold. Throughout his career, Warhol had a strong connection to fashion: as a young man in the 1950s, he created illustrations for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Later he made friends with, and portraits of, designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Giorgio Armani, Halston, Yves Saint Laurent and Gianni Versace, as is the present work. Warhol and Versace had a long standing friendship, with Versace having numerous works of Warhol in his private collection. As an ode to the artist, Versace dedicated his 1991 Spring/Summer Collection to the artist using his artwork as the design for his line.

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